WHO ARE YOU? Another shooting. Another political scandal. Another fallen religious leader. What can I do? I’m just a girl. I’m just a teacher. I’m just a mom. Let me stay in my lane. But then I hear a whisper. “You are not just…” You are a praying girl. You are a faith-filled girl. You are a daughter of the King. You have been giving authority to subdue darkness, take...

Got Faith? “Even when Sarah was too old to have children, she had faith that God would do what he had promised, and she had a son.” ‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭11:11‬ ‭CEV‬‬ “Abraham and Sarah were very old, and Sarah was well past the age for having children. So she laughed and said to herself, “Now that I am worn out and my husband is old, will I really know such happiness?””...

A PRODUCTIVE STRUGGLE  “Thank you, Mrs. Bolden, for everything”, NL said, handing me a box of chocolates. I smiled and thanked him. NL is a nice, hard-working young man. He has a good work ethic, is very well-mannered and an overall joy to teach. But his parents have been somewhat concerned because he was not an A student in Calculus. They have requested a parent conference, asked if he could...

“Can my son have extra time on the test,” the parent inquired. Her son, a sophomore in AP Calculus, had a B. He had never had a B before. He was always the “smartest in the class.” She reasoned, surely the time restraints were preventing her child from achieving an A. As teachers, we receive similar requests often. ”Make life easier for my child.” Prevent my child (and me) from...

Overcoming Failure

Failure. No one likes it. Yet, it is inevitable. They had taken Jericho miraculously – a victory, we still marvel about thousands of years later. This victory gave them the confidence needed to take their promised land and establish Joshua as leader. Their next encounter, the small insignificant city of Ai, was supposed to be an easy victory. They sent a fraction of their men to secure this victory. And...

I have a confession. I try to be transparent on my page because as a teacher, I want you to learn from my example. But also, I want to model a lifestyle that is contemplative and repentive. There is absolutely no condemnation in Christ, therefore it’s okay to examine yourself and admit you were wrong. Today, I must examine my thoughts and admit I was wrong. If you have never...

How Do You Respond to Rejection? What did Jesus do? The time had come. The mob came to seize Jesus. Peter’s response was to draw a sword and defend his friend. But when Jesus made it clear there would be no violence on their part, the disciples fled… All of them. John did not even take time to put clothes on and fled naked. Jesus’ friends…who had seen the miracles...

Keeping the Faith

In high school, I had the same science teacher three times. I have always loved math but science gave me an outlet to use my beloved math. Coach Shorter was one of my favorite teachers in High School because he introduced me to applied science. After I graduated from college and was raising my family, I heard that Coach Shorter had gotten into some legal trouble. I was saddened by...

Old vs. New

This morning, I read a passage in Numbers that made me ponder. Moses had a ‘sacred tent’. When he needed to hear from God, he  would enter. When I read that this morning, I thought, “That’s cool; a sure fire way to hear God.” But the Lord quickly reminded me, as New Testament believers we have a better covenant. Old Testament – Only priests, who were men and descendants of...

Limping to Healing

You know you are getting old when you injure yourself while sleeping. Friday morning I awoke to ankle pain. I could not move my ankle left or right without experiencing pain. I could not put any weight on my ankle. Fortunately, I was working from home and could just limp around my house. Saturday, the mysterious pain continued, so my husband tightly wrapped my ankle in an ace bandage and...